An area already dotted with motels and hotels is getting another inn — the Akron-Canton area’s first SpringHill Suites by Marriott — an all-suite facility.
It is set to open near Westfield Belden Village Mall in May 2014.
Akron-Canton area motel/hotel operator Dave Patel last week broke ground on the building, which is being constructed at 5770 Dressler Road NW, west of Interstate 77.
It’s next to a Courtyard by Marriott, and not far from other several other hotels and motels, including a Fairfield Inn and Hampton Inn, which are across the highway.
Is the area saturated with lodging options?
“I think with our build, it’s just enough,” said Monica Corbin, chief operating officer for Patel’s properties. “Marriott is a very strong brand.”
The area between Canton and Akron, and not far from the Pro Football Hall of Fame, has long been a hotbed of retail and other development.
The new facility’s estimated construction cost is about $7 million.
Pride One Construction of Granger Township in Medina County is the general contractor. Mann Architects of Fairlawn is the designer. Mann Architects worked on the design of the new headquarters for polymer company A. Schulman Inc. in Fairlawn.
Corbin said the inn is designed to appeal to “everybody really — business travelers, families, people just driving along the highway.”
She said room prices have yet to be set.
The suites will be larger than typical hotel rooms and have a living area with a queen-size sofa bed. The new hotel also will feature a heated indoor pool, fitness area and an outdoor patio with a fire pit.
There will be no bar, but beer and wine will be available in a small market inside the building. A free breakfast buffet will be offered, including eggs, waffles and bacon.
Patel also operates the Country Inn & Suites off Main Street, near Howe Avenue, in Cuyahoga Falls; Fairfield Inn & Suites off South Arlington Road in Green; the Best Western in Jackson Township, and the Towne Manor Hotel in Canton.
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